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1 in 68 U.S. Children Have Autism

Within just two short years, the number of American children diagnosed with Autism has increased significantly.

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Senator Pushes For Autism Support Services

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Senator Chuck Schumer is proposing an act intended to help young adults with autism transition into the workforce and higher education. It is expected to be voted on in early 2014.

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Heartbreaking Search for Avonte Oquendo Reaches 2-Week Mark

You’ve seen it on the news, you’ve heard about it on the radio, you’ve seen posters put up all over New York City. The search for 14 year old Avonte Oquendo has reached its 2-week mark. Autistic and non-verbal, this boy was last seen running out of his school two weeks ago today.   Police, [...]

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Genome “Hotspots” of DNA Change Directly Correlated With Developmental Disability

 Collaboration between Penn State, University of California Davis/MIND Institute, and the University of Washington gained strides towards early detection and prevention with the identification of increased genetic change in concentrated areas of the genome that influence DNA structure in children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. The study weighs the nature versus nurture debates among current autism research. [...]

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Autism Prevalence at 1 in 50 for School-Age Children

Autism Prevalence at 1 in 50 for School-Age Children There are as many as one in 50 school age children in the U.S. diagnosed with autism, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a 72 percent increase from 2007. However, researchers attribute the rise to improved detection [...]

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Israel and New Jersey Autism rates soar

There is an alarming sharp increase in Autism in children around the world. But, recent surveys in both in Israel and New Jersey show some of sharpest increases yet. The Social Affairs Ministry’s survey of social services for 2011 shows a 5x increase in incidence of the Autism in Israel over the last 8 years. The number [...]

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Danish study reveals possible link between high fevers during pregnancy and children born with Autism

A new study was published in journal Pediatrics on November 11, 2012 uncovers a possible link between mothers with high fever, flu, antibiotic use and children born with Autism. The study in Denmark looked at nearly 97,000 children ages 8 to 14 who were born in Denmark between 1997 and 2003, only 1 percent of [...]

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Unemployment for Americans with disabilities showed improvement.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment for Americans with disabilities showed improvement in the last 3 months.  For those with disabilities, the jobless rate fell from 12.9 percent to 12.7 percent last month.  However, due to the rate changes, fewer people with disabilities were looking for work.  Although the economy as a [...]

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Autism Spectrum Disorder is linked to Schizophrenia, and Bipolar Disorder

A new study by Israeli researchers has found that Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are linked organically to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression). The findings of this study led by Dr. Mark Weiser, of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine, and the Sheba Medical Center; were published in the latest issue of the journal [...]

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Narrowing Down The Cause: Excess Neurons Linked To Autism

Children with autism have larger brains and more neurons for their age than is normal, results of a small preliminary study indicate. Neurons form pathways in the brain to process and transmit information by electrical and chemical signaling. This study of brain cells in children with autism comes one step closer to answering a key question [...]

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